Travel News: July 17, 2019

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Cancun Has a Nasty Seaweed Problem and Tourists Are Staying Away

For years, Cancun has relied on a simple formula — cheap beer, brilliant sunshine and pristine Caribbean beaches — to lure tourists by the millions.

But for the past several months, the last part of the equation has been stained by an invasion of seaweed-like algae. Thousands and thousands of tons of it have been piling up in Cancun and dozens of nearby beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula, such as Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Holbox. Not only is the slinky, slimy brown stuff an eyesore, but it reeks – like rotten eggs, many say.


Wave of Change as Sheraton’s New Logo Appears on Hotels Worldwide
Travel Pulse

Marriott International, Inc. announced its continued brand transformation efforts of its most global brand, Sheraton Hotels, as it reveals Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks as the first property in the world to display the new Sheraton logo for the first time in more than 40 years. The legacy South Portland, Maine property, formerly the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, will now become a part of the Sheraton brand portfolio as the newly rebranded Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks.


Hilton Plays Catch-Up in Luxury-Travel Market
Wall Street Journal

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. HLT 0.69% plans to open more luxury hotels globally this year as it tries to catch up to its competitors in the growing luxury-travel market.

Major hotel brands such as Hilton are expanding their luxury hotel offerings, which range in cost from a few hundred dollars a night to thousands of dollars, to lure business travelers, loyalty members and the wealthy, particularly those from China, with lavish stays.


New gates, posh lounge at Sea-Tac airport give Alaska Airlines an upgrade
Seattle Times

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport unveiled eight new gates and a 15,800-square-foot lounge for Alaska Airlines flyers on Thursday.

The expansion marks the end of the first phase of the North Satellite Modernization project, a two-year effort by the Port of Seattle to upgrade and expand that part of the fast-growing airport, which saw almost 50 million travelers last year.

The new gates for Alaska Airlines will have slimmer chairs in the waiting areas, fitted with charging stations, and the space will include a nursing room with alcoves to accommodate multiple users.

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